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Todays show was a bloody treat. I played the audio from my interview with the LaFontaines, as well as the 2 acoustic tracks they did for me. what gents. the interview was a good laugh and covered a variety of topics such as Dennistoun, Star Wars, ginger hair and dinosaur poo.
I also had the beautiful Janine and Hamish of Vukovi in to give us a wee tune. They played two of their songs and were later joined by Ross Leighton of Fatherson for a lovely wee rendition of Jimmy Eat World's 'Sweetness'. The song will be available soon on itunes o raise money for a Childline set up children's charityv called Runaway.
See you in two weeks.
Posted at 14:22, 3rd November 2011
gutted like a fish...
It has been nearly 6 months since the last show. Oops. I did a half arsed hour long show a couple of weeks ago and some of the audio from that will be played soon. Anna Meldrum of Kitty the Lion did a magnificent wee session, and it would be a shame for no one to hear it.
So...on the 3rd of november we shall return with the Kitty the Lion session audio for you all to hear, as well as a nice little studio guest yet to be named.
3rd of november...12-2pm.
Posted at 11:12, 17th October 2011
Finally Johnny made a triumphant return to the show. He played a couple of songs and insulted some bands but all in all brought back our wonderful partnership that I've missed the past few shows.
Our lovely wee guest Louise of Reverieme was a delightful end to the show, especially with her beautiful stripped down version of Arcade Fire.
Have a wee listen to the show and we will be back in 2 weeks. GO AND SEE PENSIONER TONIGHT IN BLOC. X
Posted at 14:22, 20th May 2011
go your own way....
Another shoddy, rambling solo effort from me as Johnny got a wee bit steaming last night. If you want to hear me mix up words, press wrong buttons, do a wee cheeky unintentional mash up of Reverieme and Take a Worm For A Walk Week, then this is the show for you.
Next show I will definitely have a guest, and perhaps a co host too...
Posted at 16:03, 6th May 2011
pals in taiwan..
It's bloody sunny outside, and I was cooped up for an hour in the studio with the lovely David Weaver (who I think has been on the show more than Johnny) and Matt and Liam from Friends In America. I played a nice wee mixture of songs, many from Edinburgh, many a wee bit different than what we usually play but all really gid. Also had the token classic and obligatory there will be fireworks number thrown in too. Also, the Bronto song was played twice in a tow for no reason at all other than it is pure good.
They played a really lovely set in anticipation of their gig tonight, which everyone should attend and eat some cake.
Also tonight You Already Know are playing in the Cathoose for free. Their new album is a peach and available on Bandcamp.
Tomorrow night is the amazing line up of Paws, St Deluxe and Bronto Skylift in King Tuts. It will be bloody incredible.
Enjoy the sun, enjoy the show. ta.
Posted at 15:00, 22nd April 2011
one more joke and a bag of coke...
Once again I braved the Subcity studio alone, without my unreliable yet reassuring co host Johnny. I was joined by INSTINCTIVE RACOON records co creator Jamie Webster. Jamie played us a couple of his favourite songs and brought with him the loud, but ever endearing Ross Clark of Three Blind Wolves.
Have a listen and enjoy.
Ross is playing with TBW in the Arches tonight with Open Swimmer and Bwani Junction. Also playing tonight is Glasgow's Otherpeople with Carnivores and You Already Know as part of Glasgow PodcART's Mix up Mayhem night in Bloc. After that if I am still standing I will be going for a dance at Clouds in the Subclub.
Back again in two weeks. Love x
Posted at 14:50, 25th March 2011
it's that sinking feeling of being alone...
when yer pals are aff to texas.
David Weaver did not fail to disappoint this week with his tales of impending debauchery in texas as well as a little chat about cereal and dreams from Johnny.
Listen again and win tickets to Over the Wall in Stereo next Friday. Email your best competition ideas to email@example.com. The best wan wins the tickets and perhaps we'll put your idea into action for our next competition.
Also...David and Ally from Detour will be streaming live from Texas on Wednesday to Bloc. We can all experience Texas from the comfort of the pub. Without the heat and cowboys unfortunately. I'm excited to see what mishaps the boys get into.
Anyway, we're back in two weeks with another special...
Posted at 15:47, 11th March 2011
This week we have one half of Detour Scotland, David Weaver, joining us once more in the studio.
This time it's a SXSW special and David will be telling us all about his impending trip to Texas to mingle with the likes of Admiral Fallow, Twlight Sad, Rachel Sermanni and many other Scottish bands going to the festival and doing us Scottish folks proud.
Posted at 19:34, 10th March 2011
keep your ears to the ground...
The key to a good partnership is communication. Which is why Johnny and I fail on so many levels to do a fortnightly, hour long radio show. Pfft. Anyway, we are back on the 25th to bring you some long overdue songs and perhaps a wee guest or two.
Meanwhile, we have been pretending to know what we're talking about in an interview with blogger Favourite Son.
Read it HERE
Join us for our next wee hour of homegrown talent, x
Posted at 14:53, 22nd February 2011
That was undoubtedly the most educational hour of Scottish music i've ever experienced. There was mind maps and everything. I'm going to try get a scan of Chris' scribbled notes as they really are interesting to see. We are definitely getting him back in for Vol. 2 very soon.
As well as being an encyclopedia of music, Chris plays with Dead or American (www.myspace.com/deadoramerican) and also Hey Enemy (www.myspace.com/heyenemy).
He also books bands for Bar Bloc, a cracking wee live music pub that I definitely recommend any night o the week. It is a truly unique little place and ye also yer pure cheap pizza.
Enough promotion, have a wee listen to the show and get educated x
Posted at 15:43, 28th January 2011
am here tae fix your boiler...
So this Friday will be perhaps the most unusual show yet, as we are joined by Chris Cusack, a 'jack of all trades' character that as well as playing in bands, teaching kung fu and booking bands for bloc..also has an insane amount of knowledge of music that me and Johnny have never heard of.
So this show will be an education, as we will get to sit back and enjoy some sounds that Chris feels have shaped the Scottish music scene over the past few years. Johnny and I are not only excited, but also grateful that we haven't had to do any preparation.
Posted at 17:26, 26th January 2011
Our first show of 2011 was an absolute delight. The usual mishaps with volumes and the occasional cheeky song playing over another...but I imagine you've grown to expect such things from us. Our next few shows are (somewhat) planned out, so expect some very very good guests and some interesting announcements from team Foreign Thoughts. x
Posted at 17:58, 14th January 2011
two thousand and eleven...
2010 left us with a massive massive mountain of good things in the world of Scottish music. All of our old favourite wee bands are selling out massive venues and leaving space for a ridiculous amount of emerging talent. 2011 promises to be a BELTER, and we have some exciting plans lined up for the show. We're back on the 14th of january and we're EXCITED.
Posted at 10:00, 9th January 2011
this year's been black and blue...
but we're alright. and this christmas could be white for me and you...
So 2010 is coming to a close...it has been a very good year for Scottish music. Me and Johnny will be celebrating Christmas and New year tomorrow with a little mince pie and a couple of guests. Really good guests might I add. Listen tomorrow at 12. It will be a cracker.
Posted at 18:24, 16th December 2010
it's just a series of unfortunate events...
Rosy cheeked and shivering we came back for the fourth installment of our wee show, and it went very well. We were a bit late and didn't have time for alot of songs but our magical guest Ross Leighton, of the band Fatherson (formerly Energy!) more than made up for it. Playing two of his own numbers as well as a magnificent cover of show favourite Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice, we were in awe. As well as fawning all over Ross Leighton, me and Johnny played some other Scottish treats. Iain Morrison is playing Captain's Rest on the 17th, well worth checking out. Also Broken Records are playing the Fruitmarket on the 16th on January which gives you plenty o time to listen to and no doubt fall in love with their new album. Anyway, I am off to daydream about seeing Frightened Rabbit and Admiral Fallow on Monday.
Posted at 16:05, 3rd December 2010
I think our show is steadily declining in professionalism. Today we had varying levels of volume, a bit of swearing, a ringing phone and a few awkward silences. Our brilliant guest Louis Abbott made up for that though. I had genuine shivers. I very much reccommend everyone checks out Admiral Fallow's album, tis one of the very best things 2010 has had to offer. Louis also whores himself out at the Bloc open mic every sunday. Well worth a visit. In other news, we will try our best to be fullly functioning presenters at the next show. In the meantime enjoy Louis, the shambolic chat of me and Johnny and my ringtone making a cheeky appearance at the end. Laura x
Posted at 14:56, 19th November 2010
there won't be fireworks...
Today's show was a little bit of a shambles to be honest, gid tunes though. Our guest Ryan got stuck in Motherwell so we instead spent the show being unfairly mean to him. Sorry about that. Johnny hilariously unveiled his new feature 'Gone But Not Forgotten', and our nonsence chat went from the Bloc girls toilets to some 'interesting' facts about fireworks night. One day we will actually have guests, in the meantime do yer ear s a favour and probably skip the talking bits...Enjoy.
Posted at 16:54, 5th November 2010
and so it begun...
Deary me....Our first show came and went, there was laughter, tears, the occasional cough from Johnny and a moment of horror when we realised we might actually not be on air.
Nevertheless, it went pretty gid. We played most of what we aimed to and hope we set the scene for what we have in store for future shows. Important lessons learned include:
1.preparation should include more than a couple of scribbled notes, a drawing of an owl and a night spent listening to WWE wrestling themes and Fred Durst guitar solos.
2. I really need to stop using the words/phrases 'best ever' 'definitely' and 'a wee bit'. I also need to apologise for anyone who has ever encountered me over the past 19 years for the fact i have the worlds worst voice.
4. Johnny loves wooly hats.
See you in two weeks, Laura.
Posted at 15:06, 22nd October 2010